NML on embryo research, cloning and designer babies

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  • NML on Embryo research, cloning and designer babies
    • Primary Precept objections
      • Creation of the embryo via IVF breaks 3 of the primary precepts:
        • Worship God
          • 'Playing God'
          • God alone is the creator of life.
            • It's his gift to give.
        • Reproduction
          • Wrong to separate the sexual act from the procreative act.
            • Shouldn't separate the procreative purpose from the unitive.
        • Living in an ordered society
          • Separating the unitive from the procreative may pose a threat to marriage and family harmony.
            • Thus, breaks the basis of a harmonious society.
            • Unitive = the physical union between a man and women in intercourse.
          • "establishes the domination of techology over the origin and destiny of the human person" - Catholic Church Catechism (CCC).
    • Destruction of Embryos
      • Breaks the Primary Precept of preservation of innocent life.
        • Seen as the equivalent to murder.
        • "The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception". -CCC.
      • Breaks the Secondary Precept of the comandment 'Do Not Kill'.
      • In NML, both the intention and the act must be good.
        • The intention of most uses of the embryo is good (eg. curing neurone disease).
          • However, the action is still wrong due to the list given above.
    • Creation of designer babies
      • Breaks 2 Primary Precepts:
        • Worship God
          • God is taken out of the equation as his design is changed.
          • Playing God
        • Living in an ordered society
          • Assesses value in terms of usefulness to society and devalues the weak.
          • Discrimination based on wealth.
          • May lead to a race of super-humans.
          • "Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity, which are unique and unrepeatable" - CCC


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